Planning Year 12

Choosing subjects

Just like in Year 11, in Year 12 you can choose from a range of subjects as well as VET courses and other options.

There is one compulsory subject in Stage 2 — the Research Project. It is a one-semester (10-credit) subject that allows you to research in depth a topic that really interests you.

If you're thinking about going on to further study after Year 12, it's important to familiarise yourself with entry requirements for university and TAFE. Make sure you check out the next section, Planning beyond SACE, to help you choose the right subjects to get into the courses you want.


At Stage 2, 70% of your assessment tasks (reports, presentations, performances, etc.) will be marked by teachers at your school and checked by moderators outside the school. This ensures that marking is consistent across schools.

The remaining 30% are assessed externally. These assessments vary according to the subject and can take the form of examinations, performances, or investigations.

Learn more about school and external assessment.

Final results

At the end of Stage 2, you will receive your final results for all SACE subjects you've completed.

Towards the end of each year, the SACE Board lets schools know the date when results will be available in Students Online. When results are released, students find out whether they've completed their SACE and, if eligible, receive an Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR) and/or a TAFE SA Selection Score from the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For more details, see Results information.

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